Big challenges for 2019 Milo Relays

first_imgWestern Bureau: The 41st staging of the Milo Western Relays will be held at the G.C. Foster College in Angels, Spanish Town, on February 9, and meet director, Ray Harvey, is already bracing for big challenges ahead of and during the meet. A Montego Bay Sports Complex track that is unfit for competition has forced the meet’s organisers to move to Spanish Town for the second time. The event was held at G.C. Foster in 2010 but it has grown much larger since then. Nine years ago the meet attracted 850 athletes but this year as many as 2000 from primary, prep and high schools as well as clubs and institutions ­including MVP, G.C. Foster College, Sprintec, University of Technology and University of the West Indies, are expected to turn up in Spanish Town. Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Holy Trinity Church Hall in Montego Bay Harvey said G.C. Foster College has never accommodated a meet of this size and, therefore, the organisers are working with the institution to put in structures and to work out the logistics. “They have a lot of space there but we have to put systems in place to move athletes from the warm-up area to the competition area without confusion. At the Montego Bay Sports Complex, that was never a problem because they just go through a gate and they are right there … “, Harvey said. Harvey also expects gate ­receipts to be very low. “Another major challenge (at G.C. Foster) is trying to collect some money. At the Montego Bay Sports Complex things are tight and all the patrons who come in, pay at the gates. This is a very important part of the funding of the meet. Here (at G.C. Foster) we have never been successful in collecting much at the gate. We are hoping we might be able to collect some this time around but it won’t replace what we usually collect in Montego Bay,” he said. Harvey is also hoping the track in Montego Bay will be fixed by next year as he has ruled out any possibility of making a permanent move from Western Jamaica. “I don’t even want to imagine that, honestly. It was a very difficult decision to move it this year. The choice was either to cancel the meet or to move it because the elite athletes were not coming to run on the track in Montego Bay,” Harvey said. “I hope that next year we will not be faced with this challenge again because that would be very, very, unfortunate. I think the meet would die if it’s not held in Western Jamaica,” he concluded.last_img read more

Chasing Champs | Shaquena Foote Aiming for more success in 2019

first_img Q: What qualities do you possess that best enable you to be successful? A: I’m always disciplined. I listen to my coach and everything that he says. Petersfield High is an institution that has been gradually gaining traction for producing standout track and field athletes, with one such person being the sensational Shaquena Foote. The 2018 edition of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships was undoubtedly one that Foote will never forget, what with her winning both the 800 and the 1500 metres for Class Two girls. She is now in Class One, and the success is expected to continue. Why did you start doing track and field? I do track and field because it’s a lot of fun and I like doing it. Why did you specialise in the 800 and 1,500m? I found it very easy to do both events when I started attending Petersfield High School. Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement to date? A: Winning both the 800m and 1500m at Champs 2018. Q: How did you feel after achieving this feat? A: Well, I was very excited and happy for my performance. Q: What do you consider your greatest challenge? A: I sometimes feel very down if I am feeling pain at training or I am not getting things done to my satisfaction. Q: How do you overcome this challenge? A: Well, my coach talks to me and lets me know that everything is going to be okay. My coaches also motivate me to overcome my injuries. Q: What are the personal goals that you have set for this season? A: I would love to win any event that I participate in at Champs this year. I’m not really aiming for a specific time. Any time that comes, I’d be grateful for it. Q: Which athlete do you consider your greatest inspiration? A: Former St Elizabeth Technical middle-distance runner Junelle Bromfield. After watching her when I was younger, I always said I wanted to be like her because she’s very strong. Q: Who has supported you during this time and what is their impact on you? A:Well, my parents, my coach and some of my friends support me a lot. They have a very positive impact on me and push me to my limit. Q: What type of music do you have in your playlist? A: I like gospel music – Kevin Downswell – because he always leaves a very good impact on people. I like all of his songs. Q: Which is your favourite subject at school and why? A: Human and social biology because it teaches us about the body. I like studying about the body. Q: How do you balance your athletic life and your academic studies? A: It’s a bit hard because I go to a shift school, so I try to balance it as best as I can. I’m on the afternoon shift, so I go to training in the morning and then I go to school at noon, and after school, I will study if I don’t have training after school. Q: Do you have any other interests or hobbies? A: No, not really. I like to train and study. That’s just it. Q: What advice do you have for other students who want to achieve your level of success? A: I would advise them to just stay disciplined and listen to their coach – whatever their coach has to say. Just don’t be hype and just always keep focused and remember God all the time. My favourite scripture passage is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.last_img read more

Hurricanes blow away Scorpions at Sabina

first_imgThe Leeward Islands Hurricanes completed a massive 134-run win over the Jamaica Scorpions in their Regional Four-day game at Sabina Park yesterday to consolidate their spot at second in the table. The visitors resumed on yesterday’s third day on 171 for three, an overall lead of 131. They stretched their total to 312 with good contributions coming from several players. Casey Karty held the middle order together with a patient 68. Rahkeem Cornwall blitzed his way to 52 from 63 balls with some audacious stroke play, while captain Kieran Powell, batting at seven, after being off the field for a long time due to illness, made an assured 54. Devon Thomas had scored 65 on the second day, which meant that four of the Hurricanes top seven batsmen made half-centuries in their second innings. Bowling for the Scorpions, offspinner Akim Fraser took three for 82, Gordon Bryan claimed three for 65, while Nikita Miller’s four for 95 meant that he finished with 11 wickets in the game. Set 273 to win, the Scorpions folded rather meekly for 138 in 37.3 overs. Top scorer was Brandon King, who threatened briefly with some attacking strokeplay before being dismissed for 31. Paul Palmer Jr, 21, and Kennar Lewis, 18, were the next best contributors. Sheno Berridge, who bowled excellent offside channels, took four for 40. Cornwall (who was man of the match) took two for 32. There were also two wickets each to Damion Jacobs and Terrence Warde. Scores: Scorpions 250 and 138, the Hurricanes 210 and 312. The Scorpions will close out the four-day season by hosting Barbados Pride this weekend. AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars defeated Barbados Pride by seven wickets on the penultimate day of their ninth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship. Scores: Barbados Pride, 76 (Chaim Holder, 22; Raymon Reifer, 5-20) and 238 (Shayne Moseley, 64; Jonathan Carter, 47; Shamarh Brooks, 44; Tevyn Walcott, 33; Raymon Reifer, 2-22; Veerasammy Permaul, 4-62). Guyana Jaguars, 201 (Raymon Reifer, 52; Vishaul Singh, 33; Jonathan Carter, 4-52; Marquino Mindley, 2-35) and 118 for three (Chandrapaul Hemraj, 51; Chris Barnwell, 23 not out; Shamar Springer, 3-29). AT ARNOS VALE: Windward Islands Volcanoes, set 352 for victory, were 21 without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their ninth-round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. Scores: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, 307 (Khary Pierre, 106 not out; Imran Khan, 71; Yannic Cariah, 36; Sherman Lewis, 7-76) and 244 for eight decl. (Denesh Ramdin, 57 not out; Tion Webster, 43; Jeremy Solozano, 42; Imran Khan, 39; Kavem Hodge, 6-68). Windward Islands Volcanoes, 200 (Roland Cato, 46; Sunil Ambris, 43; Devon Smith, 29; Imran Khan, 5-54; Bryan Charles, 2-44) and 21 without loss.last_img read more

Excelsior end 51-year wait at Champs

first_imgWhen Travis Williams took the baton across the line for Excelsior High School’s 4×400 metres team at last week’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, it ended a 51-year wait for a win in the four-lap relay. David Riley, Excelsior’s head coach, says he knew he had a high-calibre team a year ago.Last Saturday, 51 years after Excelsior won the 1968 Boys Championships 4×440-yard final, a rested quartet of Demar Francis, Devonte Archer, Kewani Campbell and Williams outran the opposition in 3 minutes 10.94 seconds. That’s the fastest time ever in Excelsior track and field history.Riley explained that the meet schedule has prevented him from fielding his best 4x400m team for several years but that he was thrilled that his team was able to deliver this time around.“This year, we were able to, but the last two years, it’s been difficult because of the change in schedule, where the 200 metres Class One boys’ is only 30 minutes from the 4x400m prelims,” Riley said. “So because our top sprinters are very useful for us over the 400m journey, we’ve always not been able to get that done.”Excelsior did reach the final in 2017.“I actually took a risk with Andel Miller, who I had given instructions to just finish second in his semi-­final of the 200m and then just to come over, walk back to the finish line, and run a leg of the 4x400m,” he recalled.This year, that problem was averted. Francis and Williams ran only the Cass One 400m, with Francis reaching the final and Archer and Campbell competing in the 400 hurdles. The rest helped.With split times of 47.8, 47.3, 48.9, and 46.9 seconds, respectively, Francis, Archer, Campbell and Williams completed a victory that had been predicted by Excelsior track and field patriarch Desmond Shakespeare.“Since last year, I kept telling them that they could run 3.10 [minutes] this year, and I kept ­telling everybody who would hear me, including my former ­teammates”, said Shakespeare.Once the stick reached Williams, Shakespeare grew confident even though Kingston College had pulled into contention.“I know his style, and just as he was going to come off the turn, I started screaming, ‘Put down the hammer, Travis, put down the hammer’ because I know he was going to just blow them away because I’ve seen him run so many times,” he recounted.The overjoyed Excelsior veteran, whose 1968 teammates were Dennis Smellie, Robert Thomas and 1972 Olympian Garth Case, thinks the champion team can go faster.“For me, I don’t know what Coach Riley is thinking, but for me, I wouldn’t be surprised if they go 3.08 [minutes] or thereabouts, or even quicker,” the 1968 Excelsior team captain said.Riley put the win into perspective.“From my standpoint, there are two things you can do in a ­championship. You can either win the whole thing, or you win the last race, you know, and so us winning the last race is very special and memorable, and it’s great to have created memories,” said Riley.By way of example, he added, “One person told me that if the race was any longer, her bed would have been broken down because she watched the race on her bed and she was just jumping up and down, and good thing it wasn’t any longer.”last_img read more

JC continue strong Manning Cup start

first_imgWolmer’s registered the biggest win in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup on Friday, slamming Innswood 8-0 in their Group E contest at Chedwin Park in St Catherine. Jamaica College are still yet to concede after three starts after their 2-0 win over Vauxhall at the Old Hope Road base, while Tarrant edged Greater Portmore 1-0 in their match-up. In Group D, Camperdown registered their second win in as many game with a 1-0 win away to Hydel while Mona enjoyed a similar result over Tivoli. Meanwhile, Edith Dalton bounced back from their opening loss to Hydel with a 1-0 win over Meadowbrook. Yesterday’s Results Hydel 0 – 1 CamperdownMona High 1 – 0 TivoliMeadowbrook 0 – 1 Edith DaltonJamaica College 2 – 0 VauxhallInnswood 1 – 8 Wolmer’sTarrant 1 – 0 Greater Portmore Today’s Games Donald Quarrie v Jonathan GrantAscott v Denham TownHaile Selassie v Holy TrinityClan Carthy v BridgeportCumberland v St. JagoKingston High v Charlie SmithJonathan Grant v Denham TownNorthern Tech v STATHSOberlin v St. CatherinePenwood v PapineArdenne v St. George’s CollegeEltham v CalabarNorman Manley v Campion CollegePembroke Hall v Kingston CollegeExcelsior v DunoonKTHS v Cedar Grovelast_img read more

Fraser-Pryce takes indoor 60m

first_imgReigning World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce turned in a blistering performance to win the women’s 60m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.The 33-year-old Fraser-Pryce clocked a season’s best 7.16 seconds to capture the event ahead of reigning World Indoor 60m champion Murielle Ahoure of Côte d’Ivoire in 7.22. Another Jamaican, Natasha Morrison, was third in 7.30.It was Fraser-Pryce’s second straight victory over the distance this season, after opening her campaign with 7.32 at the Milo Western Relays at the G.C. Foster College a week ago.Jamaica’s Julian Forte finished eighth in the men’s equivalent in 6.81. The race was won by American Ronnie Baker in 6.50 ahead of his teammate Mike Rodgers, 6.67. Third went to Slovak Jan Volk in 6.68.Former Kingston College star Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m event in 46.20 seconds. Obi Igbokwe of the USA was second in 46.41 with Yousef Karam of Kuwait, third in 46.49. Jamaica’s Nathon Allen (47.89) was sixth.Tissanna Hickling leapt to 6.38m to finish sixth in the women’s long jump event. The event was won by Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk with mark of 6.90m while second went to Khaddi Sagnia of Sweden with 6.53m and third was Jazmin Sawyers of Great Britain with a best of 6.47m.last_img read more

PLCA eyes July RSPL restart

first_imgPremier League Clubs Association (PLCA) vice-chairman Carvel Stewart says that the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could return in July at the earliest.The nation’s top flight has been on hiatus since March, with four games left in the regular season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stewart said that a number of options to resume were considered, including a restart in June. He said that the June proposal was no longer feasible and that a July resumption would be the most likely scenario, with approval from the Government. “We had put forward some options and the latest start of which is in July,” Stewart said. “We think that this is the most viable option now once the Government is okay [with it], and the Government has not made any negative comments about us restarting when they think that the place is sufficiently secured.“So we are looking at necessary protocols that we would want in place to make sure that we are not spreading the disease, as it were.” Finishing the Season The PLCA said in an executive meeting in March that the clubs were committed to finishing the season, and they would be guided by government protocols in their decision. Stewart, in an interview with The Gleaner on April 29, reiterated the stance, which differs from that of countries such as France, the Netherlands, Argentina, and Belgium, who went against FIFA guidelines to only suspend the seasons by bringing theirs to an early end. Stewart says that the path towards resumption will involve measures to safeguard venues, including limited to no spectators in attendance, other health protocols, and enough notice to teams so that they can prepare adequately.He says that he will pay attention to how the German Bundesliga will operate after being given approval this week by the German Government to resume on May 16. Its return will be under strict health protocols and without fans in attendance. He believes that local authorities will be able to use it as a template to determine how to proceed going forward. “When the Bundesliga returns next weekend, I want, like, to see what they look like,” Stewart said. “We will see what they allow and how many people it accrues to because I’m sure in most other areas, our Government will take guidance from things like that.”Stewart says he is interested in how the Bundesliga handles its match days at the venues with the new measures and how that would translate locally.“We are not as secure as a lot of other places, and we would have to look at that, whether or not we can use secured venues, and things like that,” he said. daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Howell Heading To Bangladesh After Contract Extension

first_imgThe 27-year-old – who was the top wicket taker in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast – will join up with Khulna Titans in November after agreeing to stay at the Brightside Ground until the end of 2019.Benny said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract here.“I love playing with this group of players and I believe we can win more trophies together.”He added: “I enjoy working with the coaches here, I love living in Bristol and it is exciting to see the way the club is going. Over the last few years the ground has been redeveloped, we’ve installed floodlights and hosted international cricket. It shows we are a club on the up and I want to be a part of that.”Renowned for his skilful variations and clever changes of pace Benny took 24 wickets – two more than any other bowler in the country – in the 2016 NatWest Blast as Gloucestershire finished top of the South Group.His allround performances in the competition saw him finish as the second highest Englishman (and fourth highest overall) in the Professional Cricketer’s Association (PCA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) rankings.His form this summer convinced Khulna Titans to make Benny one of 31 overseas players to be signed by BPL sides ahead of the draft.The former Hampshire man will line up alongside the likes of West Indian Lendl Simmons and Pakistani paceman Junaid Khan for the Titans. His opponents will include the likes of Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Mahela Jayawardene.Benny said: “It is a massive opportunity for me. It is a league on the up and I hope the experience can help me push on to the next level and bring me closer to achieving my dream of playing for England.“It is going to be very different to playing here but I am just going to try and enjoy it and try to learn as much as I can from playing with and against some of the best T20 players in the world.”Benny originally joined Gloucestershire at the end of the 2012 season and was a key part of the club’s historic Royal London One-Day Cup winning team in 2015, averaging 42.8 with the bat and taking 15 wickets during that campaign.In total he has scored more 4300 runs and taken 199 wickets across all formats.Head coach Richard Dawson said: “It’s great to have Benny Howell commit his future to the club. He has been a key performer in T20 and One-Day cricket and it was a great achievement to finish as the top wicket taker in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast this summer. I hope he will continue to develop in red ball cricket as well.”last_img read more